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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Robert E. Marling Jr" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 01:46:04 -0700
Subject: Transferred code. (WF/200/105/09) of US$17.5Million Dollars)

Woodforest National Bank. Woodforest National Bank
762 banking locations.
corporate headquarters
1330 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands Texas

we the Woodforest National Bank Texas are to Notify you about the latest
development concerning your payment that are left in our custody,
besides,you are given a bill of Sum in order to receive your payment
US$17.500,000.00 usd which we didn’t hear from you for sometime now.
Hence,we are now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that
are having their payment in our custody due to of high prices. In other
words we are now requesting that you should pay only the sum of $50 to
receive funds payment abandoned in our custody by online transfer or atm
card if you wish so.

Therefore you are requested to send the fee $50 only by ITunes
Card,or,amazon’ Steem Wallet is also ACCEPTED because it can be redeemed to
cash all we needs is picture of the card

I will be forwarding to you the account logging details to enable you
access your funds online and proceed on transfer to your designated bank
account in any part of the world Or Tracking Number Of Your ATM Card
Delivery to enable you Monitor the Arriver of your ATM without any further
delay as soon as you update us copy of the cards of the required Fee $50 to
take note.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.

Yours sincerely,
Robert E. Marling Jr.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Executive Officer of Woodforest National Bank
And Director of Woodforest National Bank

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